The Road to Health

January 1, 2013 was my changing point.  The week before I had looked in the mirror and was not happy with the person I saw.  I was as heavy as I was when I moved to Colorado in 2005, was making bad food choices and, although I was working out from time to time, I didn’t have a set plan.  With many bad health conditions running in my family, from heart disease to diabetes and so much more, I decided that I wanted to control as much of my health as possible.  I decided to take control of my health and do what I could.

So January 1st, 2013, I took a picture of myself so I could track my progress.  I recommend doing this if you are going to start a weight loss journey, it’s very motivating.  My goal was to work out five times a week and have a certain caloric intake everyday.  I think I drove my parents crazy counting calories.  I also cut out alcohol for the first month, retraining my body.  I kept to my goals and did a workout five times a week, stayed within my calories.

The weight started coming off, slowly, which is the way I prefer it. Every month for the first year, I took a picture and could see the difference which was so very encouraging.  Last year I didn’t take as many pictures, once to show what a difference a year made and that was about it.  I had a few more pounds to lose and did that by doing an Arbonne Detox Bootcamp with which I had huge success.

This morning, for some reason, I decided to take another picture and did a comparison from two year ago.  Totally crazy…I am actually sharing it because I’m pretty proud of where I came from.

The story here is don’t quit.  It’s easy to give in and go back.  It’s easy to say “I’m at a plateau and can’t keep going”  It’s hard to stay the course and keep moving even though it’s tough.  So keep going, move through the tough parts to the parts that will be the huge reward!

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Getting rid of the bad

Tomorrow I start a detox. Yup, with the new year, it’s time to get back into line. I had been doing pretty well until the two weeks before Christmas and then it was all bets off. It’s so easy to get into bad habits of eating things that aren’t good for you or having a few more beers a week than you used to. All of a sudden you’ve gone from pretty in shape to having a tire around your middle that wasn’t there just a few short weeks ago.

I know that the New Year typically means that people hit the gym more, make resolutions to eat right or start a diet and just to be healthy overall but why does it take the New Year to push us in that direction? And how many of us stick to our “diets”?

I started with Arbonne almost a year ago. For those that don’t know, Arbonne is a health and wellness company and, through the consultants, we do a 28 Day Detox Bootcamp as I call it. Others call it a Clean Eating Program, it’s all the same.

I did my first one in May of 2014. I sell the products, I should know how they work, right? Boy, was I in for a treat. It’s an amazing program where you eliminate foods that are known allergens (dairy, gluten, soy) as well as other items that are acidic to your body like coffee, alcohol, soda and the like. I’m already gluten free so that part was easy for me. The hard part, I thought, would be giving up soda and coffee since I knew I was addicted to both. What I learned about myself and what I put into my body was amazing!

For one, our bodies store the acidic items in our fat cells and is why we gain weight. Think about a water balloon as a fat cell. As you add acidic items (water) to the cell (balloon), it gets bigger. As you remove acidic items (water) from your diet, the cell (balloon) shrinks. Another thing I learned was that our bodies will go through a withdrawal process when eliminating items but my biggest one wasn’t caffeine, it was sugar. Sugar is in EVERYTHING. It’s crazy. Third, I learned what was important to my body and when to listen. For the first few days I felt like I was in a fog and couldn’t think right. I figured out that I was missing healthy fats and when I incorporated almonds and avacados into my diet almost every day, I was a wiz!

Most people lose weight on this detox but they lose inches and that’s what I was most impressed with. I also felt better and my dad, an almost 40 year diabetic, was able to reduce his insulin to the lowest he’s ever seen.

I’m not trying to sell this product, I’m saying that I’m ready to get back to healthy. I’m ready to get back to feeling good and getting rid of my spare tire I’m developing. It’s not a New Years resolution, it’s a lifestyle change. I’m not saying, after my 28 days, that I won’t have a drink here or there, eat some nachos, or have a cupcake but for the most part I’m going back to healthy and getting rid of the bad that’s lurking out there.

By the way, if you haven’t read the book “Wheat Belly”, I highly recommend it. I am in the midst of reading it and you will be amazed at how food production has changed and will make you rethink what you put in your body!

Bringing it back to normal

I ask myself a lot “what is normal”? Normal seems to be a word that we use a lot but doesn’t have a “real” definition since what is normal for me, isn’t normal for you…for the most part.

Well, a few months ago I did a detox bootcamp: 28 days of eating right and bringing my pH balance back to normal. Yes, there is a normal pH balance.

What most people don’t know is that our bodies, because of what we eat and drink, become acidic and results in weight gain and, as we are finding out, may play a part in diseases like cancer. Our bodies NEED to be closer to a normal pH balance or they freak out.

This bootcamp was super scary to me. We had to eliminate gluten (done!), dairy, soy, whey, caffeine, alcohol and many other things. Well, I love cheese, was a caffeine junky (we are talking three cups of coffee, sodas at lunch and an energy drink in the afternoon…every day) and love my beer and whiskey. It was going to be a rough 28 days.

But I learned a lot. A lot about food, a lot about how the body processes food and a lot about myself and who I WANT to be. You see, when your body is acidic (toxic), your fat cells store the toxic stuff because, well, what else does it do with it? So you gain weight and you aren’t able to lose weight on diets because you are still eating toxic/acidic stuff. Make sense? So you can go on that Weight Watchers diet with the WW cookies, etc but if you are still eating crap, your body still stores the crap. Just an example and nothing against WW.

Anyway, I did it as a test and I had great results. I didn’t need to lose weight but lost 10 pounds…lost 8 inches too. It taught me that what we eat is so much more important that we realize. It made me realize that taking the time to shop and MAKE food is way more important that I ever gave it credit. And it made me realize that I want a healthier, happier, pH balanced me. I also realized how I want to help my friends and have been able to and have been able to share in their happiness as they discover health and life.

28 days is nothing if you have a longer life. I encourage you to find a program like this, or ask me about the program I did. Get healthy, get happy!

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